Don't let the description of this novel put you off reading it. The setting may be inside a prison but the thought behind this novel is much bigger in scope. The author has brilliantly structured the novel in such a way as to expose the injustices of our judicial system, foster home care, poverty, illegal drug usage all the horrors of a way of life Romy (the main character) was born into and could not escape from. Here is a quote from the book, " What I eventually came to understand, about San Francisco, was that I was immersed in the beauty and barred from seeing it."
A memorable novel one I won't soon forget.